Hall of Famer Hingis helps Kastles return favor to Texas Wild

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The stars were out at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas on Friday night, and recently inducted Hall of Famer Martina Hingis shined brightest.

A nine-time Grand Slam singles champion, Hingis made her presence felt early with wins in mixed doubles, singles and women’s doubles. She accounted for a 15-8 game advantage and led the Washington Kastles to a 22-16 win over the Texas Wild.

Washington avenged a loss to the Wild that snapped the Kastles’ record 34-match winning streak.

The lead Hingis helped build was too much for the Wild and their stars to overcome. The No. 1-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan showed why they are the best men’s doubles team to play the game. They defeated Bobby Reynolds and Rajeev Ram 5-1 in the final set to force overtime. If the trailing team wins the final set, the match continues until the leading team wins a game or the match is tied.

The Kastles won it on their first service game as Ram served out the match in front of a near-capacity crowd of 1,807.

Hingis and the Bryans were honored during the match, Hingis for her induction into the Hall of Fame, and the Bryans for their “Golden Slam” after winning four consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles and the London Olympics gold medal. The Bryans were presented with the Key to the city of Irving by Mayor Beth Van Duyne.

Hingis joined Ram to win the opening set of mixed doubles 5-3 over Bob Bryan and Eugenie Bouchard. The 32-year-old Hingis then cruised past the 19-year-old Bouchard, winning 5-1 to put the Kastles up 10-4 in overall game count.

“I just enjoy TeamTennis, the format,” said Hingis, who announced this week that she will make her return to the WTA Tour in women’s doubles at the Southern California Open in Carlsbad on July 27. “It’s great for me to play just one set. It’s good preparation. It makes you so fit and it’s good to play some doubles.”

Hingis said she’s not sure if she will play after the Carlsbad event. It will be her first Tour appearance since September 2007.

“We’ll see how the first one goes and then we’ll see,” she said.

The Kastles won the first four of five sets and led 20-11 when the Bryan brothers took the court.

The Wild’s Alex Bogomolov Jr. lost to Reynolds 5-3, his second loss in a row after opening the season 4-1.

Rusty Hall, 817-390-7816 Twitter: @RustyHall10s

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